In response to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) has established the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The CDC report found that construction workers were one of the most-at-risk populations for suicide. The report sited the finical and interpersonal burdens that this industry faces along with a lack of steady employment and fragmented community, or isolation as causes.
From the CDC report:
Nearly one third of all suicides occurred among persons in the following four occupational groups: construction and extraction (1,324; 10.8%); management (1,049; 8.5%); production (953; 7.7%); and installation, maintenance, and repair (780; 6.3%).
The new association aims to provide and disseminate educational resources on suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction. Groups such as the Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractor of America, Construction Industry’s CPA’s and Consultants, etc. have all joined forces in the effort.